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Tips for living in London?

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Hi guys,
my name is Stephanie and I'm from Germany but right now I'm living in London for 3 months to do an internship and improve my English. Well of course I'm also here to see new things, to get to know the British culture and to make memorable experiences. Maybe some of you, who are from England or the UK could help me while giving me tips what I shouldn't miss? Because I'm a student I can't spend a lot of money and that's why I would prefer some cheap insider tips =)
I've already visited several sights for instance: the London Zoo, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower Bridge! On the internet I've found a website named www.discountbritain.net offering 20 % discount  on these sights. That's a really good advantage to me because the London sights are very expensive.

So I would be glad about getting some answers from you!

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beefeater24

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Hey there Stephi,
Its always nice to get those discounts. Money saving expert is a good website to go to - there are usually offers there as well as on Visit London. I thought if you like visiting museums there is a great exhibition at the London Museum that have a ticket giveaway www.supercontemporary.co.uk/?s=ticket-giveaway - thought i'd share that with you so that you can start making the most of London. Enjoy!

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one of the important things to remember when living in london, and other big cities as well, is that the cost of living will be higher than average. however this is usually balanced against a slightly higher pay cheque to match.

the best ways to conserve your money is to spend less. i know this sounds daft but it's true. things like walking instead of getting buses or taxis. for leisure, try visiting museums and other free attractions.

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Katzz

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Hi there
Firstly,I have an project like you. I want to study MBA in England but my family isn't rich and my English level can't be taken scholarship so now I'm working to save money and improve English skills. You have a lot of advantage than me (about Visa, culture,...).
I've read some tips of living in London. Now I can share it for you. So I hope to give me your feedback. Some tips: 1. Don't eat out too often. Grocery stores like ASDA and Sainsbury have delicious foods that are sometimes even cheaper than in the States. If you choose to dine out, pubs are the prime spots for filling meals that will only cost you about £5.

2. Money spent on public transportation can quickly add up. The key is to buy daily travel cards, which cost around £4.10, before you get on the bus to the tube station. This saves you the £.70 that you would pay for the bus. You can find day passes at liquor stores all over the Greater London area.
3. Pick and choose which tourist spots you want to spend money on. Some of London's most beautiful and memorable sites, like many of its museums, don't cost anything at all. Gazing at Big Ben, sitting in on a session of parliament, or wandering through Green Park are all cost-free.
4. Don't blow your money on the latest trends. London is a fashionable city, and you'll probably have the urge to splurge on some pricey clothes. While H&M and Top Shop are fairly economical, the pounds on price tags can be deceiving. As an alternative, charity shops—or thrift stores—are fun to explore and can be found on the busiest shopping streets in London.
5. Buy a Britrail pass. If you are planning to travel all around England, the Britrail is an excellent investment. The 8-day pass does not have to be used on eight consecutive days, and it costs only $245 if bought in the States before you leave. The pass takes you anywhere in England, Wales or Scotland.
6. Go to Harrod's, but don't buy anything. Walk around the massive store and take in the atmosphere. Use the luxurious bathrooms, and visit the dazzling, year-round Christmas shop.
7. Get a student discount card. If you're a student traveling abroad, your university may provide them. If not, you can obtain discount cards from a number of web sites. The cards are accepted at a variety of stores, theaters, eateries, and hostels.
8. Hostels are a must. They are reasonably safe and affordable. Most hostels cost around £10-18 a night. The Internet is probably your best resource for finding the cheapest hostels for wherever you plan to go.
9. Pick only two or three unique items to take home, such as a special pair of London boots or a watercolor painting from a vendor. Above all, buy tea. The cheapest tea in England is still better than the most expensive tea in the States.
10. Take some time to journal, reflect, read, and just be in London. You don't always have to do things. Rather than shopping or sightseeing, sit in Hyde Park and take in the scenery and local atmosphere with a camera and your favorite book by your side. What you buy isn't what you will remember—it will be the adventures you experience and the strangers you meet.
Hope information can help you.

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emma-lou

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Hey Stephie, hope you're enjoying your time in London. Thought I'd recommend a place that I love, it's called Hampstead Heath. If you haven't been there already it's worth going there for a walk or a picnic on a nice day, it's a huge common land with lakes, woods etc and in one particular spot you get a great view of the London skyline, it's really impressive x

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Anna

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Hey Katzz,

I really liked your tips for living cheap in London, they are really useful for new people coming to this big city.
However I would like to correct tip number 2, regarding the bus prices.
Every bus trip costs 2 pounds and not 0.7, so this is even more of a reason to buy the daily travel card from a shop. Or if you live by a tube station you can walk there and buy it also there.

Also the daily travel card cost more than 4.10, if you like to travel in zone1 + zone2 tubes and buses you will pay around 5.6 pounds.

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ColinTomson

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Another way of living cheap in big city as London is to get known with the London Tube, the discards that you can find and use on many services as cleaning,fast food services, shopping and e.t.c
To open reasonable bank account..
and many more;)


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mrkidd85

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Living in London....

I moved there for 3 months last February from the South West. It's extremely expensive and I didn't really like the way the people were. It is, however, massive and there is a hell of a lot to do so if you're a social person then you'll probably have fun.

I missed my home comforts so I ended up moving back,

 

Good Luck!


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Zaky

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Hi,

I don't agree, I lived in London for few years and had a lot of fun.

What didn't you like about people there? you can't say they are bad or not friendly since there is no single Londoner in London, it is a very cosmopolitan city. So much mixture of people from all over the world....

"If you're tired of London, You're tired of life"

 

Anyway where are you from?


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John Dennis

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I too agree with Zaky as London is very mordenized but yet cheap in certian manner.

Thanks Katzz for your remarkable advice. I hope traveler will learn from such great advices


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Annette Jones

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One important thing about living in London is that it is really expensive so you should be prepared to spend a lot. And another thing is you can save on quite some money if you walk rather than take a taxi or bus. This way, you can explore London a bit more too.


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mariajames

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the best means to conserve your money is to absorb less. i apperceive this sounds absurd but it's true. things like walking instead of accepting buses or taxis. for leisure, try visiting museums and added chargeless attractions.


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